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Eko Disco loses N4bn to vandalism, cable theft in 6 months

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Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) says it has lost about N4 billion of its assets and electrical installations to vandalism in the last six months.

Managing Director of EKEDC, Tinuade Sanda who disclosed this at a press briefing in Lagos, said the company faced more vandalism in Mushin and Ijora, leading to unaccounted problems.

She said the peril had made it difficult for the company to provide adequate electricity to its customers, also posing a serious threat to its distribution infrastructure, especially the electricity cables.

“Today, I want to bring to the attention of the public the spate of vandalism within our network in the last few weeks, especially in areas such as Mushin, Yaba, Surulere, Ijora, Apapa and Lagos Island,” Sanda said.

“These cases of vandalism have contributed in no small measure to the prolonged outages in our network, leading to disruptions of many businesses, maiming/injury, and loss of lives, particularly of innocent and unsuspecting members of the public.

“We have witnessed 18 incidents, and from our estimate, we have lost about N3 billion to the underground armoured cables that are being stolen and resold in the black market.

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